New Delhi police have arrested former Indian Test bowler and two other cricket players for suspicion of match fixing in the Indian Premier League. Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were suspended from play immediately, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) promised that tougher sanctions would be applied should the three men be found guilty after an investigation process.
Secretary of the BCCI Sanjay Jagdale said about the matter: “The BCCI has zero tolerance for corruption. We will offer all co-operation to the Delhi police and all other authorities in their investigations in this matter.”
According to initial reports, the three men were paid money to concede a predetermined number of runs over three different IPL matches.
Neeraj Kumar, Delhi police commissioner, explained how Sreesanth was paid nearly $73,000 (4 million rupees) to concede 13 or more runs in his second over of a match earlier this month. The bookie was signaled by Sreesanth through a towel placed in his waistband. According to the police commissioner: “Sreesanth bowled the first over without the towel. In the second over, he put a towel in his trousers and then, in order to give bookies time to indulge in betting, he did some warming up, some stretching exercises, and then went on to give 13 runs.
Eleven bookmakers have been arrested in this incident, but the police said that the involvement of other cricket players has been ruled out at present. “The mastermind is sitting abroad” according to Kumar, who said that there is proof that “there are overseas connections” and “that the underworld is involved”.
Recently, Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in the United Kingdom for their involvement in match fixing in a Test Match against England.